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In a representative democracy, men and women serving in public office – whether elected or appointed – must view their service as a public trust.   Each day, men and women raise their right hands to be sworn in as executives, legislators and administrators, agreeing to protect and defend the constitutions of the United States and of their home States, and the laws, rules and regulations of their governmental subdivisions. 

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August 29, 2014 U.S. Tightens Rules Amid Worst Barge Spills Since 2008

Source: Bloomberg

Tighter regulation of U.S. ships carrying record exports of diesel and gasoline is coming amid the worst year for oil spills from barges since 2008. Coast Guard rules to be issued within the next 90 days would require commercial...

August 28, 2014 Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes

Washington Post - The îGrocery Manufacturers Associationî also provided seed money this spring to create a research center at Michigan State University to deal with the rising concerns over additives. For new, novel...

August 28, 2014 SEC Finalizes Rules Concerning ABS And Credit Rating Agencies

Source: Valuewalk.com

Today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized two rules intended to address abuses in the securities markets that helped to trigger the 2008 financial crisis. One rule sets out new controls designed to improve...

Research & Insights

August 8, 2014 The Federal Reserve Is Telling Us The Economy Is Pitiful

Source: Huff Post

Fewer than one-third of Americans report being better off financially than they were five years ago, with weak household savings and hefty debt burdens holding back large segments of the economy, according to a new Federal...

July 21, 2014 Americans Say Business Background Is Best for Governing

Source: Gallup

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four in five Americans (81%) say the U.S. would be better governed if more people with business and management experience were in political office. Meanwhile, 63% say the country would be better governed with...

July 3, 2014 Obama: more reforms needed to wring risk from banks - report

Source: Reuters

President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he wants additional financial reforms to make sure banks are not tempted to make risky bets that can pay off handsomely for a few if they succeed but can cause widely felt disruptions if...

Commentary & Opinion

August 19, 2014 Opinion: Why America and Americans are Exceptional?

Source: India New England

In the September of 2013, President Barack Obama claimed while addressing the United Nations that America and Americans are exceptional because of certain, special traits. Russian President Vladimir Putin and other World leaders...

August 7, 2014 The Muddled Road to Overhauling Corporate Taxes

Source: NY Times

Every loophole has its lover. That’s why, despite the furor that has erupted over American companies adopting foreign headquarters to reduce their taxes, it is proving so difficult to fix a corporate tax system that most everyone...

August 7, 2014 Our Dysfunctional National Government Is Incapable of Building a Sustainable Economy

Source: The Energy Collective

My Columbia University colleagues Bill Eimicke and Alison Miller recently joined me in authoring a new book entitled Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to A Cleaner Economy. If all goes well, Jossey-Bass publishers...


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